Nowadays, we can find pesticides almost everywhere. In our gardens, schoolyards, public parks, and in our homes, in the fruits and vegetables that we buy at the supermarket. The reason why this biological agent is so present in our lives is that we use it to deter insects and other pests, harmful to humans, animals, and cultivated plants.


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However, since we know that the pesticides are also harmful to the human health, we do everything we can to avoid contact with them. We wash the fruits and veggies before eating, use different treatment methods to remove the toxins, etc. But, some people would say that buying organic, non-treated products is the only way to stay away from pesticides. Well, there’s truth to it.

Pesticides In Tea

We would say that no matter what we do, pesticides will always find a way to our homes. Did you know that you can find this chemical in some of the most famous tea brands? Such as Lipton, Tetley, King Cole, and Twinings?

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency tested the pesticide levels in some of the most famous tea brands. This list is as follows:

– Uncle Lee’s Legends of China – green tea and jasmine green tea
– No Name – black tea
– King Cole – orange pekoe
– Signal – orange pekoe two cups
– Lipton – pure green tea and yellow label black tea
– Red Rose – orange pekoe
– Tetley – pure green tea
– Twinings – earl gray

During the testing, the researchers analyzed the residual pesticides on the dried tea leaves. They found that more than half of the tested tea brands contained pesticide residue with levels above the legally acceptable limits. 8 out of the 10 tested tea brands contained many chemicals, with 1 of the brands containing 22 different types of pesticide traces.

Some of the pesticides discovered in these tea brands are monocrotophos and endosulfan, which are labeled as health hazards by many different countries.

Although most of the tea brands contained pesticide traces, not all are considered dangerous for the human health. Namely, some of them have huge amounts of pesticides, while others contain below the limits imposed by the law. Of course, for most people, the preferred quantity is zero. So, it’s up to you to choose whether you’ll continue drinking them or not.

But, one of the tested brands, Red Rose, revealed no presence of pesticides. Isn’t this great news? It means that we can still drink tea without poisoning our bodies!

What Do Manufacturers Say

Of course, the tea industry defends the tea contents, saying that if a certain type of tea contains pesticides, it’s within limits allowed for consumption.

Some people would go that far by saying: If you drink normal tea, no matter the brand, it’s a fact that this agricultural product contains pesticides.

Here you can find the results of the tea testing, showing each tea brand and the types of pesticide traces it contains Full tea test results.

Pesticide traces in some tea exceed allowable limits
Full tea test results